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An Interpretation of the Formalism of Quantum Mechanics in Terms of Epistemological Realism

Arthur Jabs
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Sep., 1992), pp. 405-421
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/687766
Page Count: 17
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An Interpretation of the Formalism of Quantum Mechanics in Terms of Epistemological Realism
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Abstract

We present an alternative to the Copenhagen interpretation of the formalism of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The basic difference is that the new interpretation is formulated in the language of epistemological realism. It involves a change in some basic physical concepts. Elementary particles are considered as extended objects and nonlocal effects are included. The role of the new concepts in the problems of measurement and of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlations is described. Experiments to distinguish the proposed interpretation from the Copenhagen one are pointed out.

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